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she be confirmed? not just because of benghazi but because of her whole body of work as the united nations ambassador? >> well, she does have an unusually large number of enemies on capitol hill because of things that have happened in the past, certainly john mccain because of the campaign. but others that she has antagonized along the way. but what's interesting here is the more republicans are pushing back on this, it puts the president in a position of perhaps he wasn't going to nominate her before but it's almost like he can't back down from the fight now and he needs to spend his political capital on this fight. so the others are probably having the reverse effect of that which they are intending. if the president wants to put up a fight, he can get her confirmed by the senate. the question is, is that what he wants to spend his political capital on? >> absolutely. one of the things i see this play out, some of the senators are really punishing president obama for winning in part because they believe that rice lied to make it seem less than it really was leading up to the elec
today after winning a vote in the united nations to upgrade the palestinian status to observer state. that move did come at a price. today israel halted the transfer of $120 million in tax revenues to the palestinian authority. >> coming up, the recipe for the all-american kitchen. >> it's a commonly heard sentiment, buy american. the logic that it will spur demand in job growth at home. but as sharyl attkisson shows us it's not always as easy as it sounds. >> reporter: kitchen remodels can be daunting. but when eva decided to fix up her charleston home she added an extra challenge. >> everything from now on i'm going to put in my kitsch sen going to be american made. >> reporter: that was good news for the owners of dna cabinet work the local cabinetry company, they use regionally sourced wood and made to order. >> most people just go into lows and pick a cabinet and go with it. >> reporter: in the last seven years adam and dustin have only seen their business grow thanks in part to customers who make the effort to buy nearby. >> when you get it from somebody who is local they take
>>> a threat to the human race. the head of the united nations urges countries to work together to tackle climate change. environment ministers fro ound the world are rolling up their sleeves in doha, qatar, to address the challenges they share. they have rising greenhouse gas emissions, ice sheets melting rapidly and a warming planet. ban ki-moon urged them to speeds up negotiations on climate change. >> delegates are deadlocked over finances, developing nations are calling on trializ liindustrial countries to stop global warning. a delegate from the pacific island nation of palau says financial support to protect the lives of people there is indispensable. >> we don't have the resources, and we are also being threatened by climate change. financing is part of our survival. we need finances to survive. >> the delegates are running up against a deadline, the conference scheduled to end on friday. now, the ministers come to the table with competing interests. they come from nations with a range of environmental and economic challenges. nhk world has more from doha. >> the meeting
says steph, i can't believe the 38 republican senators who voted against the united nations treaty to protect the rights of the disabled. this is like a christmas carol. there's poor bob dole off his deathbed in a wheelchair -- >> he's been ill yeah. >> stephanie: last week he was reported to be not doing well. >> slapping him on the back. no, we aren't going to vote for it. it is crazy. >> stephanie: a christmas carol. they're so mean. i hope they say hello to the dodo birds. >> they're pushing bob dole over a cliff in his wheelchair. >> stephanie: caroline says one of their excuses that threatened american sovereignty and the endangered home schooling because it would allow american government to impose new laws on disabled home school children. there is no wording that hints that either one of those things could be true. for some of the senators the real reasoning was because they believe the treaty is part of a vast conspiracy. >> vast conspiracy to tell us that the world is round. everybody knows tha
to work with our partners, including at the united nations security council, to respond in a swift, effective, and credible manner. >> davies said the u.s. could strengthen sanctions. he said existing penalties have already hampered north korea's nuclear program. davies has been holding discussions with his counterparts from china, as well japan and south korea. he said he hopes the chinese can use their influence with their allies in pyongyang. u.s. diplomats have made similar warnings over the years and the north koreans have ignored them. >> reporter: the ballistic missile launch will be the second since kim jong-un took pow area year ago. it will use the same launch pad at a site in the northwestern part of the country. before the first test in april, officials in pyongyang said the 30-meter, three-stage rocket was meant to carry a satellite. but japan, the united states and south korea said the launch was in fact a ballistic missile test. the test ended in failure with the rocket exploding in midair two minutes after liftoff. it broke into more than ten pieces and fell into th
of the beloved women. >> after the war, he elaborated with another architect on the united nations building in new york. it made niemeyer's mainame. in 1996 he received -- in 1956 he received the commission of a lifetime. he was asked to design the capitol building in brazil. the buildings he produced and became instant icons and an inspiration to the next generation of architects. >> he was an influence on my becoming an architect so long ago. and he was just incredibly creative until the end. his passion was architecture, but his passion was life. that is why he lived so long. >> the 1964 military coup in brazil led to the openly communist niemeyer leading to live in paris. he returned some years later and ensure the before his 90th birthday produced this. the museum of contemporary art. a spectacular masterpiece. oscar niemeyer never stopped working, were stopped believing that architecture could make the world a better place. which most would agree in his case, it did. >> finally tonight, this incredible new view of our planet. these images were captured by a nasa satellite traveling so
. >> finally, in 2010, the united nations committee on torture declared tasers including the x26 as a legitimate torture weapon and the assertion that it is less lethal is ludicrous and if you go nationwide and internationally it is designated at different levels of lethality of severity, based on the police's own stands and protocols and it was only in 1999 that it was taken out of the category of being a fear arm only on the basis of using nitrogen as opposed to gun powder. no on tasers. >> next, speaker, please? >> good afternoon, supervisors. thank you for having this hearing, we are grateful. the administrative director of a foundation, also a member of the san francisco no taser task force that is comprised of 23 people and different grassroots organizations and also the city commissioner. i am here today to respond to someone who said that we don't know what the no lethal long-term effect of tasers are, as a volunteer to be tasered in 2004. this year my living proof of the long term damage of tasers to my sciatic nerve and the conjunctive tissue between the femur and the b
's foreign minister and a united nations mediator in ireland. there's a new sense of urgency because assad's regime appears to be getting desperate. >> we remain very concerned, very concerned that as the opposition advanced, in particular on damascus that the regime might very well consider the use of chemical weapons. >> in washington, arizona senator john mccain said the u.s. should consider all options to prevent chemical attacks in syria including military intervention. as for the crisis in cairo, the white house says president obama has called egyptian president mohammed morsi to express concerns about the deaths and injuries of protesters there. morsi's supporters have been clashing with his opponents who have been protesting for a couple of weeks now. they're upset that morsi gave himself sweeping powers that place him above judicial oversight. this is a live picture outside in cairo. you can see that the tents are still up there and a lot of people congregating o on the street. >>> 4:47. the bizarre saga of john mcafee has ended. he was briefly treated for chest pains before being
and don't forget that san francisco is where the united nations is was founded. one more thing that was very interesting to me this year the council general's wife coordinated the gathering of wishes for the tree of hope for 40 other consulates around the globe. >> thank you for doing that. the mayor of san francisco, the council general of japan and his name is... wait a minute, i have it. his name is heroshi, imamata. >> happy holidays everyone, welcome to the great city of san francisco, that dress, donna will make santa claus stay up all night. any way, i want to welcome everybody again to city hall, and to view our wonderful, wonderful tree of hope. it is something that i enjoy every year that it has been here and i tell you when it was announced that this was the tallest, largest tree of hope in the united states, if not in the world, i also wanted to say my very first thought was san francisco has always the biggest hearts in the world, thanks to all of you. thank you, donna, for your wonderful mc work here every year. and your beautiful presence. jeff carter, thank you
rice--the us ambassador to the united nations--is thought to be a leading contender. but some republicans have been highly critical of rice following the attack on the us consulate in libya. >> when they go after the un ambassador apparently because they think she's an easy target, then they've got a problem with me. >> senator mccain. thank you very much, mr. secretary. >> senator john mccain jokingly gave the cabinet post nod to democrat john kerry, the senate foreign relations committee chairman. >> i think john kerry would be an excellent appointment and would be easily confirmed by his colleagues. >> kerry is also listed as a potential defense secretary to replace leon panetta. it's a list that includes michele flournoy, who held what's considered the number three job at the pentagon. senior democrats say deputy defense secretary ashton carter is on the list, and former nebraska senator chuck hagel--- a republican-- could represent a reach across the aisle. >> we're in a much stronger position today as a country than we were in '07. >> treasury secretary tim geithner has
is about. >> here at cn we all remember the day that your husband, ambassador to the united nations richard holbrooke died unexpect unexpectedly. you write about that day and the memorial. why don't you share with us. >> that was a day that started as all of my days for 17 years. started with a phone call from richard who, as you know, was always in a troubled spot. islamabad, kabul. on this day he was actually en route to the white house. we were making our christmas plans and laughing and joking on the phone and all was well, and an hour later i had a call if there the ambulance that was taking him to the emergency room and that was our last conversation. and then being the wife of such a public man, my morning cou ii mourning could not stay private and i understand that. and i had to plan a memorial that was worthy of such a public man, and that imposed its own stresses. but at the same time, it was a balm, reassuring to me to have discovered that richard had touched so many lives around the world and letters kept pouring in and i red each one. but in reading those letters, decided that
and east jerusalem. the controversial announcement came a day after the united nations voted last week to recognize palestine as a nonmember state. the union for reformed judaism called is a challenge, but it denounced the u.n. vote as counter-productive to peace. >>> a prominent group of orthodox rabbis meanwhile voiced its support for israel's decision. >>> in a letter released by the vet c vatican this week, the pope issued new rules for charities that identify themselves as catholic. he instructued such groups to follow it, and they're barred from accepting money from organizations whose work runs counter to work teachings. although the pope did not specify, that could apply to funders that promote birth control. those charities found to violate the new rules can be stripped of their catholic dez natisignatio the local bishop. we have a special report from haiti where we found an american priest and doctor who is helping thousands of victims of earthquakes, hurricanes, hiv, choler and not least government bury rock sees. they're succeeds not with a big top down plan but by listenin
on the united nations building in new york. it made niemeyer's mainame. in 1996 he received -- in 1956 he received the commission of a lifetime. he was asked to design the capitol building in brazil. the buildings he produced and became instant icons and an inspiration to the next generation of architects. >> he was an influence on my becoming an architect so long ago. and he was just incredibly creative until the end. his passion was architecture, but his passion was life. that is why he lived so long. >> the 1964 military coup in brazil led to the openly communist niemeyer leading to live in paris. he returned some years later and ensure the before his 90th birthday produced this. the museum of contemporary art. a spectacular masterpiece. oscar niemeyer never stopped working, were stopped believing that architecture could make the world a better place. which most would agree in his case, it did. >> finally tonight, this incredible new view of our planet. these images were captured by a nasa satellite traveling some 800 kilometers above earth. the satellite is usually used for looking at
conclusion concerning current u.s. ambassador to united nations susan rice. >> i will do everything in my power to black her from being the united states secretary of state. she's not qualified. >> jon: that's senator john mccain continuing his seven year quest to negate every good thing he'd ever done prior to that. (laughter) this time leading the charge to preempt as an of now hypothetical obama nomination for secretary of state to replace hillary clinton. why? because five days after the benghazi attacks, susan rice went on the sunday talk shows and said this: . >> the best assessment we have today is that in fact this was not a preplanned, premeditated attack. that what happened initially was a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired in cairo as a consequence of the video. >> jon: (whit perking) we know that that's wrong now. and we now know many in the obama administration knew immediately that that statement was wrong. that the attackers were not angry film critics. (laughter) but al qaeda or one of al qaeda's able a. teams, the ansar al-sharia mud hens. (laughter) so susa
and whatever they can on line. the united nations is warning of a impending humanitarian crisis. 40,000 people died since the fighting began 20 months ago . the number has doubled in the last few months. conor powell has more. >> after three days, the internet is back on in damascus but much of syria is without a internet connection. the syrian government place blamed the terrorist for the outage but others say it was shut down by the assad regime. in recent days rebels are in.ing closer to damas cus . the best bet is that the syrian government was shutting off the communications equipment. heaviest fighting is around the damascus international airport. both emerit and egyptian air cancelled flights out because of the fighting. the government said the airport is back open . the rebels say they control the main road leading to the airport and there are reports of heavy fighting. it was firmly in the control of assad but it may be weakening. there is a growing humanitarian crisis. in addition to the 40,000 people killed the un said 700,000 syrians are displaced and the number could go higher wit
at the time of the again side, the rwanda again side. that office dealt more with the united nations than with africa, even though the united nations was dealing with the issue. at the time it was a working level staff position. her first in government, ambassador rice could make announcements at that level, but wouldn't be involved making an important decision getting involved militarily in rwanda. president clinton said he made the decision, it was the greatest mistake of his presidency, and ambassador rice travelled to rwanda after the again side. she said seeing the ground littered with hundreds of thousands of bodies is what made her passionate about the issue of preventing again side in the future. she realized this was a wrong decision of the administration. she spoke about that experience. and there's also a quote from her in this book reference, in which she swore if she ever faced a crisis for that again, she would argue for dramatic action and go down in flames. >> so then why -- why religious leaders, especially these two speaking out against her, drug and alcohol abuse is up.
is the united nations thinking about doing? internet regulations is what their conference is about in dubai. but my guest is worried that the u.n. is focusing on this when this is going on. what is going on here? >>guest: well, the u.n. is acting less and less like a bull washington against war, the real purpose and more and more as a mechanism to redistribute wealth and power, away from free societies and toward dictatorships. >>neil: maybe they are hanging their hat on this possibility of russia playing a role in getting assad to step down but that at best is wish will thinking, i think, and hanging your hopes on not having a backbone if you can get a back door deal with the guy who is kill all the people. >> russia has been supplying the assad regime with weapons. russia is one of the worst players in the middle east. in fact, it is very hard to come up with anything positive. russia has contributed to the middle east in living memory. i can't think of anything. >>neil: the united nations will do what? they get involved in all these other ridiculous time consuming wasteful enterprises an
by the united nations kamal things that this administration is doing in this book. by the way, service members, those who are serving overseas, soldiers, sailors, airmen, garcia, marines to make you want to get a signed copy get oliver north. on the side of that boston will be up there in new york next week. the army navy game. that ad in the middle of the program. i have to say, the army. lou: i have k t. mcfarland and a host of folks, admiral james lyons, they're going to be right with you on that. >> you got it to my brother. it will be a great game, no afford to being in new york with you on monday. lou: the floor to it. you can get a copy of euros proved on-line or at bookstores now. go to loudobbs.com to get a link that will work as well. twenty-seven days until the fiscal cliff. president obama and the speaker still not negotiating. are they serious about solving this crisis? the "a-team". they join us in moments. obamacare at least one year away from full implementation. but you don't have to wait for the tax hikes. $317 billion in new taxes. set to kick in january 1st. and we will sho
, members gathered, hoping to ratify a united nations treaty that's based entirely on the americans with disabilities act. it would ensure that people with disabilities are granted the same general rights as anyone else. and it's a treaty that anyone with a modicom of sense and civic fairness would find impossible to oppose, as senator john kerry explained. >> bob dole, why is he here? he's not here because he's here to advocate for the united nations. he is here because he wants to know that other countries will come to treat the disabled the way we do. >> yet incredibly, republican[ç refused to support the treaty. the measure, which required a two-thirds majority failed by a vote of 61-38. it was a shameful episode as senate majority leader made clear after the vote was taken. it's a sad day, said harry reid, when we cannot pass a treaty that simply brings the world up to the american standard for protecting people with disabilities because the republican party is enthralled to extremists and idealogs. that brings us back to mark twain who said
u.s. ambassador to the united nation, john bolten, judith mill eric and ed qlien. we begin with the closed door briefs on benghazi that lawmakers say raises more questions than ever that the obama administration insisted the attack was the response of a demonstration prompted by rage over an anti-islam video. fox news correspondent with the latest on what lawmakers saw and heard today from the country's top intelligence officials. >> the closed classified briefing brought together seen your state department, intelligence, and counterterrorism officials for a report on the three-month old investigation into the benghazi terrorist attacks. >> to the degree there was planning involved, something done over days, weeks, or over hours? no indication of long term planning here. >> the attacks cronology was laid oillet in a multimedia presentation with drone surveillance and video from the consulate of the cia and annex. >> this is supposed to be sovereign u.s. territory, and if people walk in on us like that without resistance really makes your blood boil because you think to your
's helpful to americans when so many senior politicians trash the u.n. you know? it's the united nations. and actually, it's better for america. >> absolutely. >> the united nations takes a lot of the work on the ground in these places. >> you're absolutely right. but there's human rights abuses that are exploding all over the world. and one that we're working very hard on right now is in uganda. there's anti-homosexuality bill that would make homosexual acts punishment by the death penalty. >> completely outrageous. >> it is. and the speaker of the house there said she's going to deliver this bill as a christmas present. so, we have 2 1/2 weeks to stop that bill right now. >> imagine. it's disgusting, isn't it? >> it certainly is. as people across this state, we're in new york state. you don't need a passport to work on human rights. right here, we're working on the farm workers bill. in the united states, farm workers don't have a right to overtime pay. they don't have a right to form a union. they can be fired. there's plenty of work to do here. >> as a kennedy, i've met quite a few k
administration is quietly handing over billions of dollars to the united nations in the name of global warming. >> that was the opening salvo of a recorded message that was sent to qatar where they joined 200 countries around the world this week at a united nations climate issue summit. negotiations continue regarding a large scale climate treaty to be signed by 2015. while the u.s. senate would have to ratify any international treaty by two-third vote, inhalf says he and others are more concerned about the domestic regulations. he continued to press white house about why the administration failed to issue reports on pending regulations in april and october as required by law. the white house wouldn't explain the last to us, the source says the federal agencies are in the process of pulling together that information. bret? >> bret: thank you. there are a lot of extremely happy people in washington state tonight at the stroke of midnight, hundreds lit up under the seattle space needl needle. recreational marijuana use became legal. washington and colorado became the first state to vote to decri
hillary clinton met yesterday with her russian counterpart and the united nations peace envoy to discuss the next steps for syria. the united states has insisted president assad must go. the russians have been against the idea. the u.s. is not going to cause budge on this one the yatsd stands with the american people in insisting that process result in a unified democratic syria. and a future of this kind cannot possibly include assad. >> makes the issue much more complex at least five different cities. u.s. officials say the syrians have already mixed the components for the deadly chemical weapon saran gas. the question remains whether he plans to use saran gas for murder against his own people. do u.s. officials say that they think that he would actually do this? >> well, behind the scenes, they appear to be quite worried. the president, defense secretary and secretary of state hillary clinton have publicly warned assad not to do so describings it a a red line the syrians say pretext for u.s. and outside military intervention. some we spoke to agree citing the unlikely hood that assad
. the treaty is called the united nations conventions on the rights of persons with disabilities. it was modeled on the americans with disabilities act. the treaty was meant to encourage other countries to be more like the u.s. on the issue of equal rights for the disabled. also disabled americans who visit or live in other countries could potentially benefit from the u.n. treaty. 125 countries ratified it. but on tuesday, 38 u.s. republican senators voted against it. there names are right there. some of them flip-flopped at the last minute. some had signaled support for the treaty and then indicated they'd vote for it only to vote against it. one of the measure's co-sponsored, jerry mirrand, actually voted against it. so the guy who co-sponsored it voted against it. we asked him to come on the program yesterday, today as well. he declined. a former senator got involved on this as well, rick santorum, whose 4-year-old daughter bella is disabled. he was one of the treaty's strongest proponents. here's what he said last month. >> this is a direct assault on us and our family to han
and problem areas as forms of slavery. example i have used is a tendency in the united nations where by the last 40 years since the late 1970's, the united nations has been talking about the slavery-like populations of apartheid and colonialism. here we have an exercise in rhetoric. the collective suffering, dominion, and exploitation of our broader population with forms of individualized suffering and dominion. there is a tendency to expand the boundaries of slavery, partly as an exercise in drawing attention to various problem areas, and partly as a sense that the abolition of slavery does not mean very much. if we legally abolished something, and the things we thought we were combating, the things we were hoping to eradicate aptly persist under various other guises -- actually persist under various other guises. sometimes this works very well, sometimes it works very poorly. a problem that arises is that it has a tent -- is that it has a tap -- is that it has a tendency to model coherence. we have to go complications. -- to muddle coherence. we have to go complications. slavery be
to national prominence in fdr's proposed second bill of rights and finally they were adopted in the united nations universal declaration of human rights after world war ii thanks in part to eleanor roosevelt who helped draft the un declaration after her husband's death. today more than 70 countries recognize a right to health or health care in their constitution. virtually every industrialized nation has taken steps to implement these rights by establishing some type of universal health coverage for their citizens with one major exception. anybody know? the united states of america. it is not for lack of trying. after fdr's death, president harry truman announced a national health insurance program that would have made medical coverage for all part of the social security act but the physicians of the american medical association attacked the plan as socialized medicine. that might also sound familiar. in the early cold war the a m a won that battle and truman's proposal. other presidents including richard nixon and bill clinton tried to pass universal health care programs but they failed d
who are saying that in light of the vote at the united nations where the palestinians managed to get that upgraded status, that all of those assurances are null and void, michael. >> all of this pressure that's being put on. israel has been good at ignoring outside pressure on anything. i'm curious about the palestinian side. that u.n. status upgrade does, of course, given the palestinians potential access to a whole raft of u.n. bodies, including the international criminal court. what are the palestinians saying about their options going forward? >> well, the palestinians are saying that all opings are on the table. of course aring the palestinian authority condemned the fact that these housing places were now back on the table, and, of course, they are saying that one of the avenues that they might pursue is the international criminal court, as you said, as a nonmember observer state in the u.n. general assembly. they have access to the international criminal court, and one of the big issues has always been the israeli settlement building in the west bank, which, of course, is seen
, but it's true throughout our nation. narrator: across the united states, cities and towns are facing the challenge of aging and outdated drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure. it's a national problem. but it needs to be approached system by system. allbee: let's frame the systems in terms of the proper context. we have around 16,000 wastewater systems. we don't have a single wastewater system -- we have 16,000 of them. we have about 54,000 drinking water systems. narrator: issues facing new york city are very different from those in los angeles. and challenges facing small towns are very different from those in metropolitan areas. man: we have to have water supply for health purposes, for fire protection, and the economy. without it, things simply can't exist. woman: we have good health in this country, in part, because we have clean water. and we shouldn't forget that, and we shouldn't take it for granted. melosi: in the late 19th century, serious waterborne disease epidemics were having devastating effects. roy: but then, in the early 1900s, we began to treat ou
: the announcement came a day after the united nations' general assembly voted to recognize palestine as a nonmember observer state. the u.s. opposed that vote. on friday secretary of state hillary clinton criticized the israeli construction plan as well saying it will set back the cause of the negotiated peace. today state department spokesman mark toner echoed clinton's warning. >> we consider these kinds of actions, these kinds of unilateral decisions to be counterproductive and make it harder to resume direct negotiations. >> suarez: israeli settlers dismissed the outside criticism. instead they said there should be no stopping the construction for any reason. >> this announcement is actually called for. the big question is why do we need to do these things as a reaction to something? if we believe in our ability, in our need to build and expand the land of israel then that's what we should do regardless of what the other side is doing. >> suarez: an israeli government planning meeting on the new settlement is expected later this week. actual construction could still be months or even years away
united nations to take control of the internet? jon: just in. new information out of egypt. reuters is reporting that egyptian president mohammed morsi has left the presidential palace after protesters fight with riot police outside the palace. of course he has been under intense pressure from his own people ever since he assumed autocratic powers and he has been engaged in a fight with the court system there. people have been very angry about what he has done. at any rate according to reuters he has left the presidential palace because of this, well, call them, demonstration, call them a mob. i'm not sure how you want to describe it but those are pictures outside the presidential palace in cairo. night has fallen there. we'll keep an eye on the situation. we have our steve harrigan there. we'll let you know as soon as we learn more. jenna: disturbing new signs al qaeda is on the rebound in parts of the middle east and after frica. the latest a large-scale al qaeda plot in jordan. they plan to hit deadly terror attacks in the capital and hit the u.s. embassy during the chaos. behind
't understand it or he was just not factual in what he said because the united nations has absolutely zero, zero, i mean zero ability to order or to tell or to -- they can suggest. they have no legal capacity to tell the united states to do anything under this treaty. nothing. >> and yet the treaty was struck down. senator kerry was referring there as well to rick santorum's daughter, bella. senator santorum's daughter has a genetic disorder and senator kerry says that senator santorum and other republicans that voted against the treaty did so because they hate the united nations. more meetings, more talking. sad to report no real solution today and that pretty much sums up the fiscal cliff negotiations. i feel like a broken record. here we go again on the countdown. day 26. got another 24 hours closer to the edge of the fiscal cliff which is why we have our eyes on the white house press briefing. got a live picture ready for you so we don't miss anything. for what it's worth, president obama and house speaker boehner are talking. they had a nice telephone conversation. that's terrific. the firs
has blocked action of president assad at the united nations insisting there should be no regime change. but diplomats now say moscow increasingly doubts assad can survive in power as the armed opposition gains ground. some u.s. senators say now is the time for russia to act. >> this is an opportunity for russia to show the international community at large that you can be a constructive force at a time of great need. and you have a unique capability as a nation to do some good. >> reporter: for the u.s., the insurgents gains are a double-edged sword. some of the most ruthlessly affected fighters also are the most radicalized. washington is moving to declare one of those groups a terrorist organization. but the obama administration worries that the stronger radical fighters become the more armed combat, not political efforts to find a solution will decide the outcome in syria. early next week secretary clinton travels to morocco for a meeting of the so-called friends of syria group. the focus will be on the opposition with the obama administration taking the first steps towards officiall
in what he said. because the united nations has absolutely zero, zero, i mean, zero ability to order or to tell or to even -- i mean, they can suggest, but they have no legal capacity to tell the united states to do anything other this treaty. nothing. >> well, as we told you last night former republican, repeat, republican attorney general testified before the senate foreign relations committee in july basically saying exactly that. there's no nothing in the treaty that interferes with u.s. laws. that didn't stop senator santorum to send out this e-mail. you did it. you made it happen. if it weren't for you the united states senate wouldn't have defeated the united nations convention on the rights of persons with disables and said it would have given the u.n. oversight of the health care and education choices parents with special needs kids need to make. had it been the law of the land it would have trumped state laws and could have been used as precedent by state and federal judges. that is not true. so, why the fudging of facts and we asked senator santorum on the program. he, too
't for you, the u.s. senate wouldn't have defeated the united nations convention on the rights of person with disability. he went on to say, quote, this treaty would have given the u.n. oversight of the health care and education choices parents with special needs kids make. had it passed, crpd would have been the law of the land under the u.s. constitution supremacy clause and trumped state laws and could have been used as precedent by state and federal judges. again, that's not true. why the fudging of facts? we asked senator santorum on the program tonight. he declined, and like the others that won't explain themselves, we can guess their motivations and frankly it's so baffling we're taking wide guesses and we don't want to do that. the treaty supporters say that politics and a paranoia about the u.n. trumped the rights of the disabled in this vote. ted kennedy jr. is a health care attorney and advocate for people with disabilities. when he was 12 years old he lost his leg to bone cancer. there's a picture of him taken with his dad six years after that. he's a strong support either of
't understand it, or he was just not factual in what he said. the united nations has absolutely zero, zero, i mean zero ability to order or to tell or to even -- they can suggest, but they have no legal capacity to tell the united states to do anything under this treaty. nothing. >> as we told you last night, former republican, repeat republican attorney general dick thornberg testified before the senate foreign relations committee in july basically saying exactly that. there's nothing in the treaty that interferes with u.s., federal or state laws, nothing. that didn't stop mr. santorum to send out this e-mail to supporters after the vote saying you did it. you made it happen. if it weren't for you, the u.s. senate wouldn't have defeated the united nations convention on the rights of person with disability. he went on to say, quote, this treaty would have given the u.n. oversight of the health care and education choices parents with special needs kids make. had it passed, crpd would have been the law of the land under the u.s. constitution supremacy clause and trumped state laws and could hav
by palestinian authority, mahmoud abbas, upon his return to cheering crowds in palestine. the united nations general assembly thursday voted to accept palestine as a nonmember observer state. president abbas sees the move as a key step toward palestinian independence. only nine countries opposed the vote, including the united states and israel. friday, date after the vote, israel announced construction plans for some 3,000 new homes in israeli settlements on the west bank and in east jerusalem as well. at today's israeli cabinet meeting, prime minister benjamin netanyahu said quote we will carry on building. i want to bring in former senate majority leader, george mitchell. senator mitchell, president clinton's special envoy to northern ireland and served as two years as president obama's special envoy to middle east peace. thank you for stopping by. israel's announcement of increased settlement construction, criticized kbi the white house as quote counterproductive. france, great britain and the eu also criticized. >> the location as opposed to the number. the announcement to build on the a
on the senate floor, did not stop republicans from voting down a united nations treaty that would promote equal rights and better treatment for the disabled around the world which says is inspired by the americans with disabilities act. noefrdz i in other words by a u.s. law. >> it's unthinkable that americans could not get over a curb or enter a school building or watch a debate if they were in a wheelchair. >> that's why a veteran comes back to the senate on an early december day because it matters. >> despite those pleas from two former presidential nominees, just eight republican senators voted to ratify the treaty sending it down in defeat. every senator up for re-election in 2014 except susan collins who, by the way, is from a blue state, voted against it. lindsey graham cast a no vote though john mccain was one of the treaty's biggest advocates. kelly ayotte voted for it. mississippi senator thad cochrane voted in favor and then as it was going down switched his vote to no. cochrane up in 2014. mississippi more worried about a primary than a general. this is one of of the saddest days i'
it or was not factual in what he said. the united nations has zero ability to order or to tell or to even, they can suggest but they have no legal capacity to tell the united states to do anything under this treaty. nothing. >> tonight many disability advocate's rights say that the treaty trumps rights everywhere. he is the first quadrapalegic senator to serve in the house. you voted for this. why do you think it is so important? >> first of all, thank you for having me on the program. thank you for paying attention to this important issue. this is important for people here and for people around the world who don't yet enjoy the protections that people here enjoy in the united states. that law has transformed the lives of people with disabilities and i can speak to that first hand. i was injured in 1980 and i became paralyzed after a gun accident. i know what the world was like both before and after the ada. it is remarkably different. it is a shame that the senate couldn't pass that act yesterday. but i want to thank them for their leadership. the bipartisan support of the 61 senators who did vote
the united nations held a global conference on the benefits of eating insettings, even suggest it might be a good solution to world hunger. >> i don't know why the united states doesn't eat insects. they're very healthy for you. >> he is right. insects are high in protein, low in fat and cholesterol. take a cricket, for example. a six ounce serving of these crunchy bugs have 60% less saturated fat as the same amount of ground beef. >> now the ants. >> these potatoes aren't complete without adding some dried ants. >> sour, tangy, and they have a hint of black pepper to them. >> they also have 14 grams of protein per serving. with the growing population and rising cost of food, the rest of the world just might be on to something. now, if you plan to give bugs a try, do make sure you get them from a certified seller or restaurant. some bugdz may have chemicals on them, so you don't want to pluck them from your own backyard. >>> superstar athletes are years in the making, but sometimes the pressures to be perfect can push anyone over the edge. i want you to meet joe. he turned to drugs and
. you will see the united nations get -- get a united states shot on the arms control treaties that the united nations launch and they will supercede the constitution of the united states. that's where they're headed. >> oh, my god! >> this from the guy who sent weapons to the iranians, funding right wing death squads. and lied about it all. >> very glenn beckish right? going to be a world government. united nations is going to be -- you know, dictating american law and things like that. look, all of the crazy talk they did for the first four years and then we had election -- the american people said yeah, we like that guy. none of this is -- i think they're going to spin the tales for four more years because they sound, for that echochamber it sounds fun. >> stephanie: ben stein on o'reilly. >> a lot of angry, bitter people out there. they've got to attack something. so they attack christmas. they're not -- i don't consider them well in the head. >> what! >> nobody is being forced to bow down and worship anybody.
last 22 years to find out how we did it, what they can do. so here was the united nations who said okay, we'll come up with a convention, a treaty, all countries, put it out for them to sign up which encourages them to pale actually emulate what we did. this would have given us a seat at the table. we would be sitting at the table, helping other countries to bring their laws more up to what ours are in terms of the rights of people with disabilities. but we turned our backs on that. turned our backs on it. you know, mr. president, if -- there are a lot of things that make america a shining city on a hill but there's one thing that no one can dispute that does put america as a shining city on a hill, and that is the americans with disabilities act, and what it has done to our society. like our civil rights act. what it's done to break down the barriers and to show that people with disabilities can contribute to society, if only given the chance and the opportunity. i would think that we would want for them to then say yes, we'll be a part of a worldwide effort to break down those barrier
we knew that the video was not to blame . why did president obama go before the united nations general assembly and six times make reference to a video when it was not the cause of an al qaeda terrorist attacks, so the american people want answers in an open setting and we are glad that secretary clinton will appear before us. >> is this the only committee she will testify before . will she talk with others. >> in our conversation with department of state it is it clear that the secretary will testify before our house committee and septemberor kerry foreign relations committee and those will be the only two committee hearings in which she will there might be other closed briefings. we have had enough closed brivings. i think the families of brave americans deserve answers and the american people need to be told the truth because what we want is not just a rehash the past but in the future make sure our posts guarded and the host government knows their penalties for the embassy and make sure there are indication of attack, we are taking pressures not to have them be open targets
/palestine conflict. it includes nearly the whole of the united nations, the most respected legal bodies in the world such as the international court of justice and the most respected human rights organizations such as amnesty international and human rights watch. this consensus calls for a two-state settlement on the june 1967 border, that is a full israeli withdrawal from the whole of the west bank, gads saw and east jerusalem with minor and mutual land swaps and address the refugee question based on the right of return and compensation. the consensus is grounded in basic and uncontroversial principles of international law and human rights. the framework of international law and human rights also forms the bedrock of american liberalism to which jews have disproportionately contributed. it is consequently within reach, it's now within reach to win over american jews on this political solution or at least the shame them into supporting such a solution. but it is inconceivable that american jews can be won over to any solution that entails the coercive dissolution of israel as a state. the current co
it difficult to believe that the united nations got started in san francisco, i really do. this is a historic fact, though, because this city has become so undemocratic. it's more moving towards like stalin and becoming totalitarian. it's my way or the highway. you don't work, you don't eat. so, i really just find it difficult to believe, but it is a fact, it did. and now i'm here listening to c-e-q-a, we're talking about our environment. human beings are the only species i know that ruin their environment. you know, maybe we should go live with the polar bears in alaska and learn something. and i think about the communities of color that are mostly impacted by decisions like this because i don't see very many of them here. you know, i'm born and raised from the midwest. and when i first came here to southern california to go to college, i used to take the umbrella with me every day because it's cloudy. they said, lady, you don't recognize smog? * when you see it? i had never seen it till i came here. i had always seen a clear blue sky. we're talking about our health, the health of all of us
and doctors are urging people to get flu shots. >>> the palestinian envoy to the united nations is condemning israel for plans for new settlements. and the united states says the construction would be damaging to prospect of renewed peace talks. >>> in atlanta, 43 students and 10 adults at an elementary school were taken to hospitals because of potentially deadly carbon monoxide levels near a furnace. the school wasn't required by threw have carbon monoxide dedetectiveors. in fact, only two states require them. >>> and lawyers released this high resolution color photographer taken the night he shot trayvon martin. the image shows blood dripping down zimmerman's face. >>> a rare public ceremony honored those who served in covert u.s. forces in afghanistan. marine sergeant william sutra jr. was awarded the navy cross and three others received silver stars. >>> and the voyager one spacecraft is about to be the first man made object to leave our solar system. it is sailing toward interstellar space. >>> here's your first look at this morning's dish of "scrambled politics." michael bloomberg had a
. >>> at the united nations, the general assembly approved the resolution that calls on israel to open its nuclear facilities for inspection. the resolution calls on israel to join the nuclear nonprolivelation treaty. it's widely believed israel has a nuclear arsenal, but the israelis have never confirmed or denied they had nuclear weapons. >>> the u.s. is considering military options if syria uses chemical or biological weapons against opponents of the assad regime. u.s. intelligence has detected signs the syrian regime has begun preparing chemical weapons for possible use. it's believed syria has chemical and biological weapons stored at some two dozen sites. speaking in washington yesterday, president obama issued a pointed warning to president bashar assad. >> the world is watching. the use of chemical weapons is and would be totally unacceptable. and if you make the tragic mistake of using these weapons, there will be consequences and you will be held accountable. >> the assad regime won't admit it has chemical weapons, but says if it did, it would not use them. >>> in egypt today, opponents
as lawmakers rejected a united nations treaty on disability rights. the treaty calling for disabled people to enjoy the same rights and freedoms as other citizens has been ratified by 126 other countries. >>> the warden in a north carolina prison has been suspended pending an investigation of prisoners allegedly being ordered to rub hot sauce on their private parts. >>> and curtis owes more than $90,000 in back child payments and has been ordered to stop having children. he has nine with six different women. >>> off the coast of turkey, at least four people have died and ten are missing after a cargo ship sank in the black sea. a rescue boat also crashed on to the rocks and sank. and nasa is planning to build a cheaper mars rover by 2020. because of budget cuts, they will use spare parts and design plans to build the new craft for only $1.5 billion. >>> now over to wall street for a look at your wednesday morning markets. the dow opens at 12, 951 after losing 13 points yesterday. the s&p was down 2. the nasdaq fell 5. overseas, the nikkei gained 36 while the hang seng shot up 470. >>> good
a surprise meeting with the united nations peace envoy foreseers, still amid signs for for syria. >>> meanwhile germany approved sending patriot air defense missiles to turkey to protect the country against attacks from neighboring syria. mortar rounds and shells from syria have killed several turks in recent weeks. the decision on the missiles must still be approved by the german parliament. >>> it's official, recreational marijuana use is now legal in washington state. hundreds of of people showed up at the space needle to celebrate at midnight. voters approved the law last month. it only covers adults aged 21 and older. some university of washington students did their homework on the limitations. >> we know it's not legal for us to use it. >> i think people will respect the rule just because i mean there's a lot of consequences if you are caught smoking pot on campus? >> colorado also legalized recreational use of marijuana but that amendment won't take effect until the governor proclaims it passed. he has 30 days to "roll it" into effect. >>> also today in washington, same-se
that none of the insurgents was able to breach the perimeter of the base. >>> the united nations is condemning israel's plan to expand new settlements in the west bank and in eastern jerusalem, land that israel seized during the 1967 middle east war. israel announced the plan in retaliation to thursday's u.n. resolution vote to upgrade palestine's status as a nonmember observer state. u.n. secretary-general ban ki-moon says the move to expand settlements would almost certainly be a, quote, fatal blow, end quote, to any chance of achieving peace with the palestinians. israel also says it's withholding more than $100 million in tax revenue from the financially troubled palestinian authority. instead using the money to repay a debt owed to israel's electric company for supplying power to parts of the west bank. >>> turning to education and some news that could soon have a major impact on your kid's school day. starting next fall, districts will expand the school day, adding as much as 300 hours to the calendar. it's all part of a theree-year plan aimed at boosting achievement and ma
minister will borth meet later on with the united nations special envoy to syria. this latest effort comes amid reports that the government of syrian president bashar al- assad may be preparing to use chemical weapons. syria's foreign minister says his nation would never use chemical weapons against its own people.. and he warns that any foreign intervention against syria would be "catastrophic". a prominent software maker is in custody in guatemala, and could be deported to belize today. belize authorities want to talk to john mcafee about the fatal shooting of his neighbor, american businessman gregory faull, back in november. he went into hiding for several weeks, and finally revealed guantemala. his lawyer filed a formal request for asylum there yesterday, saying he escaped from belize to escape police persecution. new york's so-called "soccer mom madam" is promising to name names ... in a new tell-all book. anna gristina pleaded guilty in september to promoting prostitution. she's sentenced to six months in jail and five years probation. prosecutors say the mother of four ran a 10-mi
. the united nations with a dose of reality for president assad. >> whoever commits violation of human rights must be held accountable and should be brought to justice. >> the gas is a colorless and odorless gas. >>> plenty ahead. weather and traffic and all your top stories. fox 5 morning news at 4:30 starts now. good morning to you. it is thursday, or as some people like to call, it friday eve. it is a little bit chilly outside this morning. we expect that because it is almost christmas time, almost winter time. good morning to you. i'm wisdom martin. sarah simmons has the day off. let's talk about this with gwen. i know the not officially winter yet. but in our minds, winter time. >> i think the minute you hit the month of december, you start to feel like it is supposed to be really cold. and those 70-degree days, that was just a little bit of a tease, i think. but, yeah, we're back to reality, folks. prepare yourself and dress accordingly. not a lot of clouds this morning. yesterday, we had a lot of clouds and even some precipitation. here is a look at your current temperature. reagan nat
with our partners, including the united nations security council, to respond in a swift, effective, and credible manner. >> davies said the u.s. could strengthen sanctions. he said existing penalties have already hampered north korea's nuclear program. davies has been holding discussions with his counterparts from china as well as japan and south korea. he said he hopes the chinese can use their influence with their allies in pyongyang. >>> south korean foreign minister kim sung hwan has criticized north korea for spending more than $500 million on missile development. kim told a parliamentary committee that north korea is believed to have spent $400 million to build the tongchang-ri launch site and another $150 million for a missile plant outside pyongyang. unification minister yu woo-ik said the north has scheduled its next launch around the anniversary of the death of kim jong-il to enhance the authority of his son and successor, kim jong-un. yu said the north is also working to improve the reliability of its missile technology. >>> a highway operator in tokyo area has discovere
an ambassadorship, a winner, and really smart. former ambassador to united nations john bolton said that money could payoff for her, this is just weird. on so many levels if she is ambassador. donald trump supporting it. that is not a shocker but just, says and the speaks of time how weird the ambassadorships are doled out. >> major campaign contributors have gotten ambassadorships for years. neil: on both sides. >> obama administration has put more political ambassadors in than prior republican administrations. now is that good or bad? it is good. the political ambassadors have a direct connection with the president, in countries where they are acredited, if they say, this is what the president wants that is believable. and their loyalty is to the president not state department. and they care a lot in my experience about making sure that president's policies are carriee out. and third, and look -- >> would see? >> no anna wintour from a cord of wood, but i do know she knows something about business,. neil: you support this? >> i don't know her. >> i think if it was france it would be perfect. with
people was also in the core and the national security interest of the united states and the region. moreover, this change would align with our values of supporting the space process and the basic rights and freedoms that should be enjoyed by all people regardless of religion, ethnicity and gender. over the course of the past 20 months, the al-assad regime has unleashed a barrage of terror across the country with the plane of remaining in power. we are just hearing about in last couple of days, the last couple of hours more urgently about weapons of mass destruction and what that could mean. more than 40,000, we know that is a conservative number. more than 40,000 syrians have been killed, and countless have been injured. refugees have surged into neighboring turkey, jordan, lebanon and iraq taxing the limits of those countries capacities and creating a regional crisis. the escalation of violence has reached a point where the fighter jets have been used to kill civilians standing in bread line according to the human rights watch. it's hard to comprehend that happening in any country
on the future of the nation's fighting with the civil war. she met with her russian counterpart and the united nations special envoy to syria over how to stop the violence that has killed more than 40,000. russia has blocked u.n. security council efforts to remove the syrian president. that did not stop secretary clinton from saying any plan for syria's future must not involve the man with the blood of so many of his men, women and children. >> the issue stands with the syrian people in insisting that any transition process result in a unifyied democrat syria in which all citizens are represented, a future of this kind cannot possibly we include assad. >> this comes amid reports the syrians have mixed components for the deadly chemical weapon sarin gas. the obama administration has repeatedly wanted if president bashar al-assad of syria uses those weapons there will be consequences. and conor is in the middle east bureau but, first, jennifer, anything to lead us to believe there should be hope following the meeting with secretary of state, hillary clinton? >>reporter: initial assessments are d
iphone or android smartphone. one more way quicken loans is engineered to amaze. ♪ >>> the united nations the p palestinian authority was greated nonmember observer status. what's the only other entity with that status? stay tuned and we'll tell you the correct answer. go do cnn.com/fareed. you can follow us on twitter and facebook. go to itunes.com/fareed for our podcast. you can get a audio version for free or buy the book version. he inverted the idea what would make a system or country or individual anti-fragile. if you go to our conversation in the last segment you can tell this will is a fascinating book. for the last look. political sign professor likes to point out that in democratic nations highways are full of twilights and turns to accommodate people. in autocratic they are straight because leaders can bulldoze whatever is in the way to get to a straight line. take a look at this interesting twist. the builders of this highway in china built their road in a straight line but as you can see the road has a house right in the middle of it. the homeowner refused to budge so they bu
, former ambassador to the united nations. it's come to this! has the president seen "the devil wears prada,", which, you know, was profittedly based on anna wintour. your thoughts on that, mr. ambassador. >> how do you know she's not going to be the next secretary of state? why limit her to a mere ambassadorship? it wouldn't surprise me. it has been historically the case that large contributors to presidential campaigns get appointed -- megyn: and she's one of the top ten bundlers for president obama. >> and i have to tell you, i've had wide experience with political appointees -- true, mostly republicans -- and they've been very effective. i would not underestimate how important it is overseas to have somebody who knows the president personally, who could call the president if they needed to. and here's the really important thing, who cares first and foremost about the president's policy. not about what the bureaucracy at the state department wants, but about the president's policy. i'm not saying anna wintour's going to do all that -- megyn: right. >> but that is important. megyn: what d
or the united nations jurisdiction over the init internet period. the use is in support of the web neutrality but the conference in dubai raises a specter of nations including iran, china, russia and others agreeing to live under the u.n. rules, what critics call restrictions. while the u.n. --. pardon me. while the u.n. maintains this is not about controlling the u.n. the critics say it is part of a red drip, drip regulation that will chip away internet freedom. >> even if internet freedom escapes this conference in dubai, this is just a stepping steen from countries like china, russia and other arab states they have been patient for the last 10 years and several years going forward they will continue to be persistent. >> reporter: the u.s. has a sizable delegation in dubai, about 1650 people. in simple terms they want internet regulation off the table and want the u.n. body to stick to networks already regulated so the telecommunications networks, phone networks but just leave the internet neutral if that is at all possible, jenna. jenna: we'll see what comes out of this conference. catheri
spent years catering to the base that believes, let's say, president obama's a socialist, and the united nations wants to take your disabled child right out of your home. they have votes to back it up, folks. this pitiful display of most senate republicans on the disability treaty showed once again just how far they are, and how far they are removed from reality. one democratic senator told me yesterday his office was actually getting calls from constituents with disabled children wanting to know if the u.n. would remove their children from their homes. it is manufacturing fear in the lives of americans. sometimes it's just a bald-faced lie about the facts. here's the democratic and republican opening bids on the fiscal cliff. but the revenue side of the republican proposal just doesn't match up with reality. you can't get $800 billion in revenue from lowering rates and closing loopholes and deductions. can we get on that page? it doesn't come close to adding up, unless you get rid of just about every deduction for the middle class that's out there. is that what this election was about?
of systemic violations of human rights. iran has refused access to the united nations for several years, and the ug general assembly submitted a report in which he said he was, quote, deeply troubled by increased numbers of executions. a pew addition, arbitrary arrests and detention, unfair trials, torture, and ill treatment, and crackdown on human rights activityist, lawyers, journalist, and opposition activists, and to draw an example from the week's news theres actually what i gas what qualifies in iran for a slight bit of goodness. a well-known human rights lawyer ended her 49-day hunger strike on december 4th. her name is nasarn, and she has in prison since 2010, and the regime imposed a travel ban on her husband and her daughter so she was on a hunger strike for 49 days, and has actually stopped the hunger strike amid word the regime is going to lift the travel ban. so, the victories are small and hard-on and the news is relentlessly negative, but it comes at an interesting moment both for iran, which has apartmently elections next june, typically during periods of time when there
's in the national interest0s of the ute. it's in the national security interests of the united states. it's in the national economic interests of the united states. to achieve comprehensive immigration reform. >> craig joins us live. craig, especially where you are, not all latinos are democrats. >> that's right. er geraldo, we're here in the jiminez cigar lounge in new york, which is a third latino, and peter is a third-generation latino and believes illegal immigrants should go back to the end over the line. >> they paid their fines, and they are patiently waiting for the chance. now, what type of message are you sending to the people who did it legally? you did it the right way. get to the back of the line. >> the back of the line. so the republicans here but they disagree with peters are opinion. you're an immigration attorney. what is your opinion? >> me and peter argue this a lot. the same world at ellis island was open. and a new system has to come into effect and that's the american dream act. it's a process where these students and immigrants become legal in this country to do wh
successful palestinian bid for non-member observer state status at the united nations. david lee miller has the latest. >> israel says it is withholding the hundred million dollars because the palestinian authority owes israel state electrical company some $200 million. israel collected this money on behalf of the palestinian authority for taxes and customs duty. palestinian authority badly needs this cash to pay the more than 150,000 civil servants that is on its payroll. this is not the first time that the palestinian authority has had its money withheld. it happened two years ago. they held up the funds temporarily when they joined the unesco. hours ago mahmoud abbas got a hero's welcome. 35,000 people rallied and he said what happened in the u.n. was an historic achievement and it would strengthen united. they supported the vote but refuses israel's right to existed. now, the leadership is inviting the moderate party of the palestinian president to join their efforts in what they term the armed resistance. israel settlement construction on the west banks conned in response to the u.n. v
won a historic vote at the united nations, it's a vote that raises their status and could be a possible step forward official state hood. now rarely says it may be ready to build thousands of new housing units in territories they occupy. earlier i spoke with israel's deputy ministry of foreign affa affairs, i asked him why now? >> our buildings, not only from our right, as it is international but it is our homeland, but also a force for strategy teakics and security interests. we're talking about a country that's nine miles wide, this occupies less than one-third of the middle east. i think it is a right to make sure that we have secured and defensible borders, especially in light of all of the animosity and the hatred that the palestinians and other extremists say in the islamic world are throwing at us. but, let me tell you one thing, deborah, is israel has always been ready for a compromise for peace, for concessions and wherever we build, it's in areas that for certain will stay in any future agreement within israeli territories. >> when you call this strategic, effect
recognized by the united nations. the joy short-lived. how israel's decision to pursue even more settlements in the west bank and east jerusalem may kill any hopes of peace. we'll dive deep lie into this issue. >>> rp says it's not changing plans for the controversial housing development in east of jerusalem also developments in east jerusalem. this is despite getting a diplomatic mackdown recently from australia, five european countries and the united states bought in on this yesterday. now here's why this is such a big deal. the proposed construction would effectively cut off the west bank from cities of like bethlehem and ramallah, will cut them off from jerusalem. and that's important for the palestinians, it would mean that they couldn't get to east jerusalem, which they would eventually claim as the capital of their nation if that is to be. the large israeli settlement town of ma ale adumim would be connected to jerusalem directly. vice president for new initiatives and a distinguished scholar at the woodrow wilson international center. always good to talk to you. israel defined as i i
at the united nations this afternoon. it seems there is a battle for a capital city that could be shaping up and that is crucially important. >>jonathan: yes. there is no doubt we have entered a new and very significant stage in the battle for syria and that is in essence of battle for the capital of damascus which has been going on for five or six days. president bashar al-assad wants do and indeed has to hang on to the capital if he is to stay in power. there are many experts who believe either way, he has decided to fight to the death. either if he tries to flow he will be killed by his own supporters who will feel betrayed him him or ultimately he will be killed by the rebels. this, while it does seem to be the end days for the bashar al-assad regime, it could yet stretch on for some days or even weeks. that because the rebels simply are not strong enough to defeat the syrian security forces in one battle. what we are seeing is an intense battle of attrition. most experts will tell you, his days are numbered. >> the big question on the international stage now, jonathan, will he use the c
-assad in syria may resort to using chemical weapons on his own people. in the meantime, the united nations is hint thag there wil hinting that there will be no asylum for bashar al-assad as the syrian dictator makes it clear that he will die before leaving the country under any circumstances. what is going on behind the scenes, for that we turn to corn powell following all the latest developments from our mideast bureau in jerusalem. connor. >> reporter: the international and internal pressure is mounting on bashar al-assad today. secretary clinton reiterated her comments that the use of chemical weapons is a red line for the united states and that there would be consequences. we are also hearing that bashar al-assad is beginning to look for asylum around the world. he is reaching out to world leaders in latin america, particularly cuba, ecuador and venezuela. not on the list of places is russia and iran his two biggest military backers. this is all coming as the internal pressure on the bashar al-assad regime seems to b to be mounting. rebel fighter are moving closer and closer to damascu
in the middle of this battle. john bolton joins me now, former u.s. ambassador to the united nations and a fox news contributor. this, as i said, ambassador bolton, feels like it is going to a new level. in terms of that red line that leon panetta talks about is it filling the canisters? is it moving them into place? where exactly does the red line happen do you think? >> i think it is unclear and part of the reason about the threats by the administration don't have credibility, previous red liens have already been crossed. moving the agent from its storage locations. i think in assad's situation he is very close to seeing the end of his regime. so if the choice for him is death at the hands of the opposition or using chemical weapons, threats by outsiders really are not going to sway him that much. martha: when you look back to the clinton administration and hillary clinton is very much involved in these discussions here. president clinton had said allowing genocide to happen in rwanda was one of his greatest failures in office. we know the president spent time with bill clinton recently. wha
to the united nations under president clinton nancy and nile at the heritage foundation. all right, nancy, let's look at your reaction. dick cheney comes out and says we are not respected and not feared. chaos everywhere. and we're not really seeing leadership from washington. what's your reaction to that? >> he is just out of touch and should take a page out of president bush's book and stay on the sidelines, write his memoirs but he is really not looking at the world as it is today. president obama has made this world safer. he has restored america's respect around the world. and it's actually teed up to have an extraordinary second term to make progress to keep us safe on a range of issues. i'm sure that's what he will do. >> laura: if you are somebody who doesn't follow things closely but you look at the images on television and syria, clashes in egypt, islamism rising through the parts of africa. it doesn't look like especially religious minorities, cause of freedom is really being respected. it seems like chaotic is a very mild way of describing it. >> the world is chaotic. it was kay ou
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